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Event Horizon
By: Bonni Rambatan and Jacob Johanssen - Zer0 Books, $17.95

Description: In an age where Silicon Valley dictates what it means to innovate a painless future, knowledge and enjoyment are fertile breeding grounds of political contestation.

But itís not exactly democracy. We are controlled through platforms that turn us into data for the profit of billionaires. Control has become so playful that we carry it in our pockets, as we continue to crave likes and followers.

So, what is to be done?

Verdict: Should the Left continue to cling to the promise of a political Event, patiently waiting for a revolutionary rupture where new possibilities emerge? Is there a way to delineate its horizons amidst the chaos?

Through a psychoanalytic interrogation of the intersections of online culture, sexuality, and politics, Bonni Rambatan and Jacob Johanssen explore such horizons at the limits of capitalism.

Thus, Event Horizon: Sexuality, Politics, Online Culture, and the Limits of Capitalism examines how capitalist ideology functions in our current moment, and, more importantly, how it breaks down.

Showcasing a vast knowledge of the subject matter to hand, Event Horizon is most assuredly a formidable analysis of how the mindset of the Alt-Right has shaped the contemporary internet. In what then transpires on these 171 pages is a veritable must-read for anyone who wants to fully understand and comprehensively grasp the stinging nettle of the subject and how it spreads within todayís society.

As we find ourselves every day edging closer to falling deeply inside the digital black hole, and with the increasing urgency of formulating a proper Leftist response to the rapidly growing violence that seriously threatens the lives of marginalized communities, this book could not be more timely.

About the Author - Bonni Rambatan is an independent scholar and researcher based in Jakarta, Indonesia, as well as a writer and artist for various comics, novels, films, installations, and other media.

She co-founded and currently runs a comic book company, NaoBun, focusing on making progressive thoughts available to young readers. She lives in West Jakarta. Indonesia.

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